“Prayer invites us to rest in the fact that God is in control, and the world’s problems are ultimately God’s, not ours. If I spend enough time with God, I will inevitably begin to look at the world from the point of view that more resembles God’s own. What is faith, after all but believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse.” From Philip Yancey: "Prayer: Does it Make Any Difference?"How does prayer impact your life?
Who is in control of your world? Is it you? Or …is it God?
There are times when I become so frustrated when:
- I see and hear all the things going on in our world today.
- People don’t respond in the manner I’d hoped.
- Friends disappoint us.
- There seems to be a general lack of respect.
- People don’t tell the truth.
- Others don’t seem to understand what you’re going through.
- Everyone seems to be so busy.
- World leaders have different values than you.
As I spend time in prayer, I realize that God is ultimately in control. Nothing takes Him by surprise. I don’t need to spend time wringing my hands and worrying. I don’t need to be pointing fingers at others. I don’t need to fret because life can seem so unfair.
God sees all. God knows all. And best of all, God can see right into each one of our hearts.
God not only sees the outward actions and behavior but He sees and knows …our true motives.
According to today’s quote by Philip Yancey, faith is …'believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse’.
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) says:
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
As I learn to trust in His perfect timing, my perspective begins to change. I realize I may not be seeing the big picture.
So what do I do? I share my heart and then lay my requests at His feet. I go about my day and I continue to …abide in Him.
When someone is rude to me, I’m reminded that I don’t know everything that person may be going through. I need to trust that God sees and knows how I feel but there are bigger issues at hand right now. So I forgive that person.
When others don’t honor God in the way I believe they should, I realize that God sees and knows. I continue to live out my life in a way that honors God.
Hebrews 11:23 (NIV) says:
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.”
How about you? Who is in control of your life? Does prayer change your perspective?
Blessings and love,